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Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PMK*BNC comes aboard Train
Grammy-winning band Train has signed with PMK*BNC. The firm will handle publicity for the band’s seventh studio album, Bulletproof Picasso, which was released Sept. 16, as well as its current tour. The San Francisco-based band recently wrapped up a handful of album release shows in its hometown as well as Los Angeles and New York and will tour the U.K. in March. In its 20-year career, Train has won three Grammys: best rock song and best instrumental arrangement for the 2001 hit “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and best pop performance for a live version of “Hey, Soul Sister” a decade later.
Marching to a new beat
Actor J.K. Simmons has signed with Wolf-Kasteler Public Relations. THR’s Scott Feinberg called him “a surefire [Oscar] contender” for his supporting turn in Whiplash as strict drum instructor to Miles Teller. The Spider-Man and Juno veteran also appears in Jason Reitman’s well-received Men, Women & Children and is part of next year’s Terminator: Genisys reboot.
She’s no stranger to the spotlight
Tony winner Laura Benanti has signed with Deraney Public Relations. The actress kicked off an arc on ABC’s Nashville this Wednesday as Sadie Stone, a talented singer/songwriter on the verge of a breakout hit. This year she has also recurred on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and made guest appearances on NBC’s The Good Wife. Since debuting on Broadway in 1998, Benanti’s decorated stage career has included a Tony-winning turn in Gypsy and most recently New York City Center’s Encores! Presentation of The Most Happy Fella. She signed with CAA in May and continues to be repped by Emily Gerson Saines at Brookside Artist Management.
New cooks in her kitchen
Culinary and lifestyle personality Katie Lee has signed with CAA. She was previously with WME. Lee co-hosts Food Network’s talk show The Kitchen, and she has written two cookbooks, The Comfort Table and The Comfort Table: Recipes for Everyday Occasions. A third, The Endless Summer Cookbook, is due in April 2015. In 2011 Lee (who split from Billy Joel in 2009) published Groundswell, a novel about a woman who takes up surfing to cope with her divorce, and is currently working on a screenplay adaptation for Relativity. She continues to be repped by attorney Kevin Yorn of Morris Yorn.
Lit agent move
Paradigm book department head Laura Nolan joined boutique literary agency Kuhn Projects on Wednesday. Prior to her four years at Paradigm, she was an agent at DeFiore and Co., The Creative Culture and Sobel Weber Associates. The University of Illinois graduate helped launch Barnes & Noble’s digital publishing division in 2001. She will continue to be based in New York City.
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